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Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations

Editor: Kiramekineko, SpringBreeze

 

Xie Quan, as promised, turned on the audio connection with Ji Cheying after entering the room, and a rustling sound came, but it seemed that he was really undressing.

Could it be that Xie Quan’s comment about liking to be naked in his apartment was not used to fool him? Then, his mind involuntarily flashed to what the youth might look like in his apartment at this moment.

“…” After realizing what he was thinking, Ji Cheying’s face darkened and he reduced the sound of the distracting communication.

What a mess.

Back in his apartment, Ji Cheying turned off the voice input on his side, then took out another terminal and connected to Henry.

“Major General.”

Ji Cheying asked, “What’s the situation?” while using his access to the citizen information database.

Henry replied, “The hospital has confirmed that it is the new victim of the beta pheromone storm. This time the victim is a chef, working in a restaurant named Vicciuto, who also suddenly did not go to work last month, but because the victim has no relatives or friends in the local area, they have not been reported missing.”

“Vicciuto?” Ji Cheying heard the name sound familiar, he frowned. “I remember it was near the apartment I live in?”

Henry took a look at the address and responded, “Yes, Major General, it’s two thousand three hundred meters from the apartment, this restaurant is very popular because the chef used to be the royal chef.”

Another screen was pulled up in the air in front of Ji Cheying, which listed the information of the victims of these cases.

Noel City was divided into six urban areas: East, West, Upper South, Lower South, Upper North, Lower North, and Midtown. The apartment where Ji Cheying and Xie Quan lived was in the Lower North side, while the area where the victims were found today was in the Midtown area. The six victims found so far were all found in different urban areas, as if they were killed intentionally.

In addition, the six victims were not similar in any way except that they were all betas, and they all lived alone, had different occupations, lived in different places, and had different hobbies.

How on earth did the killer find these victims?

Now, even though he was walking around the victims’ living areas under the guise of a beta, and even active online as a beta, he never caught the big fish.

They never found the key.

But now that the latest victim’s workplace was near where the fifth victim was found, it might be a line worth poking around.

Ji Cheying looked at the information and mulled it over while asking, “What about surveillance?”

Speaking of which, Henry sent the video directly to Ji Cheying’s port, and then he said, “Major General, look.”

The aerial projected the scene.

From the alley, the woman fell without warning from the inside out in front of a young man carrying a duffel bag.

Seeing the shoulder bag in the back, Ji Cheying’s pupils fluttered.

The picture in the air continued—

The youth stopped in his tracks and lowered his head to look at the woman on the ground. Then, he turned on his feet and prepared to leave.

But he stopped, and then the youth had a few brief seconds of no movement, followed by him raising his head and looking up into the sky, his gaze as if he was searching for something.

This look up, the monitor captured the youth’s face. The handsome features were as handsome as a painting.

It was Xie Quan.

And the picture finally stopped at Xie Quan suddenly feeling something and jumping backwards.

“Major General, this is the new neighbor you asked me to investigate before.”

At that moment, there was a soft sound from the other terminal, which seemed to be the youth lying on the bed, and a soft sigh.

Ji Cheying leaned on the back of the sofa and looked at the youth on the screen with an obscure gaze. His voice was low as he instructed, “Go and get the surveillance video from the Rock Street crime scene seven days ago and send it to me.”

Henry did not dare to have a trace of slack. “Yes!”

Then Henry asked, “When the police arrived, Xie Quan had already left and had not yet been brought to the police station for questioning, Major General, do you want to summon again.”

Ji Cheying’s tone was calm and casual. “Yes.” Why not?

“Besides…” Henry’s tone was tinged with a bit of hesitation.

“Just say something.”

“His Majesty has ordered that this matter be investigated and the person behind it be arrested before the Holy Moon Festival.” Henry said weakly, “But the investigation of Yan Bai has been obstructed by the imperial government.” Yan Bai was their strongest suspect currently.

The initial tracing of Yan Bai was already preempted before it could proceed smoothly, and now the imperial government had gotten wind of it and cut off their sources of information, and therefore the investigation of Yan Bai was difficult.

Henry spoke indignantly, “Major General, this is obviously a deliberate attempt to force you to stay in line by His Majesty.” On one hand, forcing people to find the truth as soon as possible, and on the other hand, forcing them to tie their hands.

At this point, Henry simply poured out the words he had been holding in his heart. “Major General, with your status, it’s not your turn to take on such a case.”

Ji Cheying, as the military major general, such criminal cases should not be investigated by him at all, his duty and mission was to be on the battlefield. The fact that he was transferred from the imperial capital to a remote place like Noel City to investigate a regional case was in itself a relegation for Ji Cheying.

In fact, Ji Cheying was even ridiculed by many people for this. And, as anyone who knew the inside story knew, this was punishment from His Majesty to Ji Cheying.

As a close friend, Henry had felt the injustice for their major general since he came to Noel City, no, since he received the order, but as the person in question, Ji Cheying showed a calmness that did not concern himself.

After arriving in Noel City, he even acted very comfortable and was extremely interested in the case. To be honest, Henry was a little afraid that the major general would fall down and resign himself to mediocrity.

In response to Henry’s complaints, Ji Cheying did not give his usual stern reprimand. After all, this was not the army, and he did not like to talk officially. He sat on the sofa, his posture casually relaxed like a resting beast. He said with a raised eyebrow and a smile, “I think this is good.”

Henry wondered, and Ji Cheying continued, “Isn’t this case interesting? And…” He lowered his eyes, and his dark eyes showed a bit of disdain and disgust. “Those muddy waters in the imperial capital are good to get away from now.”

Especially recently.

His voice tightened a bit and he warned, “Keep your skin tight, if you slack off on the investigation and miss the mark…” He sneered and didn’t go on.

Henry gave a jolt and hurriedly answered, “Yes! Major General, do not worry, your subordinate does not dare!”

After finishing the conversation with Henry, the dimly lit room was quiet again, and the subtle sounds coming from the other terminal were particularly clear. Xie Quan was very silent in his room, and his movements were so light that it was basically difficult to discern what he was doing from the tiny sounds of movement.

And Ji Cheying’s long legs folded on the coffee table, the surveillance video sent to him by Henry before replayed in a loop.

Then, he watched the movements of the youth on the screen, deep in thought.

At that time, Xie Quan was not wearing the coat, so why would Xie Quan suddenly put on an expensive coat after the incident?

And back then he also looked in a normal state, not like he was in discomfort.

And—

He stopped the screen at the moment Xie Quan looked up and zoomed in to take a closer look.

Xie Quan didn’t look like he was just looking up at the sky, but like he was looking at something.

What did he see?

And—

The screen continued to play, and after a few brief seconds, Xie Quan covered his nose and quickly backed away.

As a beta, why would he be so sensitive to pheromone outbreaks? And so scrupulous?

Ji Cheying recalled Xie Quan’s sincere confession to himself in the apartment before, and his emotions suddenly became complicated.

How much of what Xie Quan said to him was true?

 

The author has something to say.

Xie Quan: … First of all, what did I say?

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WangXian31
August 29, 2022 2:40 am

What does the chapter title mean 😏
JC’s interest and suspicions in XQ have really been attracted now.
First clear expression of physical attraction that’s not just awareness of XQ’s good looks.
Thanks for translating and editing.

Dio85
August 29, 2022 5:06 am

Interesting! Now JC is attracted to XQ and of course he is smart man and will figure this out! I wonder what he did to his majesty that he was sent there??! Thank you for the translation and editing!

LicoLico
August 29, 2022 1:51 pm

Oh no, do we have another stupid monarch? D:
Thank You for the new chapter ( ˘ ³˘)♥

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Blizzard passing by say hey~
October 24, 2022 12:12 am

Yeah.. first of all, what exactly did he say? Hmm?

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